Hi there. I am a long time member, but haven't posted in a while. Ava was 16 months at diagnosis, so we've been at this for almost 7 years, and we are struggling with how much freedom is the right amount. She is now 8 and wants to do things that don't involve a school nurse or me tagging along. This week she has been in a play that has rehearsal from 10 to 3. It's community theater so she has been "in charge" of her diabetes. It hasn't been easy. On the first day, she left her Dbag with her Dexcom in the theater while the group went to rehearse in a different area. Hence, no Dexcom readings the entire day. The second day, she lost her Dex completely. We found it under one of the seats. We were both more than a little upset by this. Today I dropped her off high after doing a set change, then she didn't check until I came at lunch time. This wasn't so bad as it was the two hour correction check, but... In so many ways she is a rock star. She does her own checks, is really good about keeping track of things on playdates and I feel mostly ok about letting her bike around the neighborhood with a juice box and her meter and dex. I feel like she is at the age I was when being a kid was the most fun. It was when I could bike anywhere my legs could carry me, go to the library and the ice cream parlor with friends or by myself... and I want her to be able to have all those same freedoms and experiences, but when she flaked out all week now I feel like we have to take a step back. Since she was a baby at diagnosis, I have always tried to parent her as a kid first and let her do as much as possible. But now we have moved to a rural area where kids have much more freedom in a wider radius and do things like mountain bike through the forest or kayak out to islands. It's a really great lifestyle, and I am trying to find the right balance. Also, there isn't really much nursing support here. None of the camps or Y's have a nurse on staff, so if she wants to do a camp or kayaking or something, she is going to have to be able to do set changes and really keep track of things because it's been made clear to me that the resources and staff support aren't there. I could turn this post into a novel, but I'll cut it short and just ask when did you feel your kids were independent in D care and what steps did you take to help them get there?